There’s a lot to be said for the array of summer boat parties that come and go on the city’s Thames river every year. You always get the hype through promotion of how great it is going to be with a stellar line-up to match the one the promoter puts on in the club, only to be disappointed with a flat lifeless version that doesn’t quite meet expectations.
Then came along this event. Hosted by Colin and Princess Lovelace of Mi Casa Es Su Casa Parties and Jerry Frempong from Pret a Ecouter Records – this more than met the standards and expectation. A party of two parts – one on land (Nomad Afterparty) and on water was not to be missed.
Mi Casa Es Su Casa Parties hold down a residency the first Friday of every month at Nomad on Old Street, the debut the new and upcoming talent as well as some of underground house music’s
favourite DJ’s throw down their selections accompanied by bongo percussions and impromptu saxophone skits. Jerry Frempong has been throwing parties and running his label Pret a Ecouter Records for quite some time and his nuance for a deep-tech beat reflect the DJs signed to his label. The merging of two promoters for this special boat party was a match made in house music heaven.
On the lower deck Pret a Ecouter boys Alex McCulloch, Ian Morbey and Danny Daw rocked the boat with some intelligent sets which had everyone coming down deck to check out the sounds. Upper deck was sailing smooth with the soulful sounds of Steve Harrington whilst Marcia Carr turned up the tempo as the evening dusk began to descend. The crowd enjoying every part of it as some were recently back from SUNcéBeat 7 in Croatia and ready to continue in the holiday vibe.
Ready for the night boat session Frempong dropped down a few nodes as he took the party-goers into deep-tech territory down below. Hi-octane met cheeky sub-bass tones kept the dance floor busy all night. Me being slave to such basslines was very happy in my element. Finishing off in the lower deck was Alan Aka Arscott one half of Mucho Soul delivering some Latin and Afrobeat flavours keeping everyone on their toes.
Meanwhile upstairs Carr handed over to David Bailey who for the last 14 months has been having a stellar run of releases on Quantize and Rhemi Music and festival line-up gigs. A selection of classic soulful house had everyone singing and dancing on deck. Handing over to The Journeymen for the last set of the night – aka Miggs Harris and Ben Coppin, are also having a great year with release Feeling Myself featuring Hanlei at the top of the charts. A sublime set of good quality high-end house music that hits the right spot was a perfect end to a successful and brilliant night.
A fantastic team of two very different promoters with very different music style but they complimented each other perfectly for this event. Two crowds coming together for a great party, a wonderful atmosphere it was the perfect winning combination. Mi Casa Es Su Casa Parties and Pret a Ecouter Records need to do this again it was the event to be at that weekend and the one everyone talked about – same time next year?
Review by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett